Swift quote on Pilgrim’s Progress

A quote from Jonathan Swift:

“Some gentlemen abounding in their university erudition, are apt to fill their sermons with philosophical terms and notions of the metaphysical or abstracted kind, which generally have one advantage, to be equally understood by the wise, the vulgar, and the preacher himself. I have been better entertained, and more informed by a chapter in the ‘Pilgrim’s Progress,’ than by a long discourse upon the will and the intellect, and simple or complex ideas. Others again, are fond of dilating on matter and motion, talk of the fortuitous concourse of atoms, of theories, and phenomena, directly against the advice of St Paul, who yet appears to have been conversant enough in those kinds of studies” (Jonathan Swift, A Letter to a Young Clergyman).

We shall see, the Lord willing, what exactly will Bunyan inform us about concerning his book-book (i.e., The Pilgrim’s Progress, Parts 1 and 2). Next Page

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